Mexican Fajita Chicken Salad (Paleo!)
Greetings! How’s everyone doing today?
I had a really cool weekend – went to a tarot reading with Earth and Fire Tarot at the Prana House in West Chester. It was interesting – often times, I don’t really know how to think of card readings, even though I do them with myself often. I have dozens of oracle and tarot decks… I know the material is legitimate when I’m the only one pulling them, and all too often, coincidences that are really more than just coincidences happen. In this particular reading, they let me pull my cards – while one could argue that you can make anything work if you’re vague enough, the cards fit very well with one another and were a truthful, accurate and very specific representation of a situation in my life at the moment. At the end, they decided to pull a card for me, from a deck I own. I told them, this particular deck, I have a very strange connection to, and I very frequently get the same card. It’s the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck by Kim Krans. The detail within the artwork is absolutely beautiful, and Kim’s descriptions are insightful, comprehensive and honest. The card that frequently comes up is the Dragonfly – and I am grateful that it does. Both in real life and in this card, the dragonfly is this versatile and resilient creature that embraces transformation. It’s born with a finely tuned hunting skill, and requires little to no time in understanding that it can fly, almost immediately. I find that I get this card because I need to be reminded that being aware of your transformation as its happening makes it any less special. In fact, the dragonfly represents the power of self-awareness, knowledge, intuitive thinking and reflection.
As they were just as familiar with this card and its meaning as I was, I wasn’t surprised when they pulled it as expected and gasped and how that was possible. I don’t know, but when ya know, ya just know, ya know? We confirmed what I already knew and off I went.
This wasn’t meant to be a self-righteous post, or me toot-tooting my own horn about something anyone could just chalk up to a “coincidence”. My point is this – there is no such thing as coincidences. Once you take full ownership of your life and surroundings, you suddenly have this knowingness that you never paid attention to. You have a little more peace, and a little more perspective, and a little more confidence. Who couldn’t use a little more of that?
Now, let’s talk some food.
Mexican Fajita Chicken Salad (Paleo!)
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 25 min if using an Instant Pot, 45 min if baking
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 heaping tbsp small red onion, finely chopped (or more if preferred)
- 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning
- 2/3 cup petite diced tomatoes
- 1 jalapeno, finely chopped with seeds and stems removed (optional)
- 1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise or Veganaise
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- preferred greens, such as romaine, arugula, spring mix
- If using an Instant Pot, place your chicken into the pot and pour chicken or vegetable broth over until pieces are just covered. Seal and cook according to instructions — about 25 minutes. If using an oven, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken into a baking dish and pour broth over, also until just covered. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Once cooked, allow to cool, remove from broth and shred with a fork. Reserve some of your broth to add to shredded chicken to prevent drying, cover and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix your mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar thoroughly. Add your taco seasoning, salt and pepper, and continue to stir. Set aside.
- In a larger mixing bowl, add your shredded chicken and all remaining ingredients except your lettuce. Mix until well combined.
- Next, add your mayonnaise mixture, continuing to thoroughly mix. Add salt or pepper to taste.